Housed in a thin and light aluminum body, the MSI Modern 15 A10M-080FR is the perfect mobile companion for your multimedia work. It can count on a 10th generation Core i7 Quad Core low consumption processor which supports all common uses with the GeForce MX330, supported by 16 GB of RAM and fast SSD storage with a large capacity (1 TB). Everything is brought to life by an immersive Full HD IPS 100% sRGB borderless screen that opens flat. Note also that the autonomy deploys nearly 8 hours and that the approvals are not lacking: sturdy resistant case (MIL-STD 810G test), easy scalability (2 x M.2, 2 RAM slots), backlit keyboard and Advanced Cooler Boost 3 cooling. A reproach to make? The absence of Thunderbolt 3 and
Features of MSI Modern 15 A10RAS-080FR
|Slab||15.6 “Full HD IPS 100% sRGB (1920×1080, anti-glare)|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-10510U Comet Lake (1.8 GHz, 4 cores)|
|RAM installed||16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4 2666 MHz (2 slots)|
|Graphic card||NVIDIA Pascal GeForce MX330 2 GB Dedicated GDDR5, Intel UHD Graphics 620 and Optimus|
|Storage||1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe Gen3x4 SSD|
|Connectivity||3 USB 3.1 1 USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen1), HDMI, microSD|
|Network||Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5.0|
|Audio system||2 2W speakers|
|Operating system||Windows 10 Home 64-bit|
|Autonomy announced / Battery||10 hours / Li-Po 3 cells 52 Whr|
|Dimensions (mm) / Weight||356.8 x 233.7 x 15.9 / 1.6 Kg|
Chassis, connectors, screen of the MSI Modern 15 A10RAS-080FR
The MSI Modern 15 A10RAS-080FR is therefore part of an elegant and compact office vision intended for nomads. Indeed, if the manufacturer is better known for its gaming machines, it has been able to infiltrate the highly contested ultrabook market and offer powerful solutions in a quality case for ultra mobility. With a weight of 1.6 kg , it also benefits from a format (356 x 233 mm) and a smoothness (15.9 mm), the whole being well optimized for traveling without being noticed.
The MSI Modern A10RAS-080FR takes place in a robust brushed aluminum frame which adjoins the screen with a very thin frame (occupancy rate of 80% screen / case). Note that the case meets the military resistance standard MIL-STD-810G for foolproof strength (extreme heat, shock, fall, humidity, altitude, exposure to the sun). Also worthy of note is its white backlit keyboard on four levels which makes typing in the dark easier.
Another thing to know about the case, it opens quite easily and gives access to the components that can be changed without too much difficulty . The two RAM slots are accessible as well as two M.2 bays for storage.
As is the trend, MSI has chosen to surround the screen of its Modern 15 with thin borders while keeping the webcam in its usual place. The impression of immersion is important, especially as the IPS panel is bright and visible from all angles. As for the panel, the dense Full HD definition (1920 x 1080 px) allows you to view High Definition content in the best conditions and to modulate the display. Another good point, it benefits from an anti- reflective treatment which brings its share of comfort on the move. Note that the screen tilts 180 degrees to lay it flat and for example, easily share your work with those around you and that it covers 100% sRGB for a job.
Let’s finish the tour of the chassis with the connectors which, despite the compact format of the ultrabook, brings together everything you need in standard formats. There are no less than three USB 3.1 ports, a USB 3.2 Type-C port, an HDMI output, a microSD card reader, as well as a mini-jack combo socket. On the other hand, the webcam does not support Windows Hello facial recognition and it seems that MSI has removed the fingerprint reader from its 15-inch, therefore offering no biometric authentication option. Note that the wireless modules are entrusted to Wifi AC and Bluetooth 5.0. We expected more from 802.11 AX WiFi on this new range, too bad.
Performance, battery life of the MSI Modern 15 A10RAS-080FR
As the engine, the MSI Modern 15 A10RAS-080FR hosts a 10th generation low-power Quad Core Core i7-10510U . Thanks to it, the Modern will not leave any routine work aside and will cover all of the daily use (Web browsing, Office processing, video) with a sharp mastery in more demanding applications, drawing on the multicore architecture (video editing, a bit of Photoshop …). We remain on low consumption that said, so we can not consider making creation its main use because the processor will quickly show its limits with slowness in complex calculations. Furthermore, with 16 GB of RAM behind, multitasking will be royal.
Graphics processing a little too greedy for the Intel UHD 620 chip integrated into the processor will be able to count on the GeForce MX330 , an entry-level dedicated graphics card based on the Pascal architecture (2016). It is a requalification of the GeForce MX250 with similar performance. So do not expect more than support in everyday use and to launch a few games. The occasional player can for example practice in HD (768p) on a small part of the titles of the market on condition of making concessions on the sharpness of the rendering.
Storage is another decisive element inside the ultrabook since it relies on a fast dedicated 1TB SSD (NVMe PCIe). The system gains there directly compared to a configuration with mechanical hard drive because of the speed of loading offered by the SSD. This type of storage ensures almost instantaneous switching on and off, transfers calculated in seconds or instantaneous software launches where mechanical support implied substantial latencies. Note also that the SSD is by nature more silent, robust and efficient than a hard drive. And if it is often tackled for its too low storage capacity, this is not the case here since it provides 1 TB, enough to allow the installation of heavy programs and the storage of your entire game library.
Finally, a word about autonomy. The 52Whr battery installed in the Modern 15 A10RAS is logically capable of providing 8 to 9 hours of autonomy in web browsing via Wifi, enough to work serenely for a day (without stressing the CPU or the iGPU).